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194. Ted Nugent

One of the criticisms of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that some of the potential inductees to the Hall may be considered more because of their draw at the ceremony as opposed to their music. There are many whose induction speech might bring tears to eyes. Somehow, we don’t think that Ted Nugent is one of those artists.

When the world first saw the Motor City Madman it was as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes. The straight laced guitar virtuoso was easily the breakout star and achieved far greater fame as a solo artist. Nugent’s brash nature and wild persona combined with his penchant for loud over the top guitar playing made him a surefire draw for the Hard Rock and Heavy metal set. His anthems rocked through arenas to high school smoker’s pits and despite his staunch anti drug stance, his legion of fans elevated him to a god like status. Nugent has a very solid career, but his super conservatism and hard line NRA politics may prevent a nervous Hall committee as maybe putting a live microphone in front of Nugent is not the best idea.

 

Should Ted Nugent be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 17.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Detroit, MI)
  • Why they will get in: His body of work is extensive enough for consideration.
  • Why they won't get in: There are other Metal/Hard Rock based artists who really should get in before him.
  • Essential Albums: Ted Nugent (1975)
    Cat Scratch Fever (1977)
    Double Live Gonzo! (1978)
    Scream Dream (1980)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Stormtroopin (From Ted Nugent, 1975)
    Cat Scratch Fever (From Cat Scratch Fever, 1977)
    Wang Dang Sweet Pootang (From Cat Scratch Fever, 1977)
    Wango Tango (From Scream Dream, 1980)
    Habitual Offender (From Nugent, 1982)

Should Ted Nugent be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 17.8%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 21:45
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+3 #10 Ed Kern 2017-01-04 05:52
In the mid to late '70s Ted was by far the most attended live tourer in Hard Rock. Ted was king of live shows and he inspired thousands to pickup the guitar until he was run over by Eddie Van Halen.

Uncle Ted deserves to be in the Hall more than anyone else that is currently not in there.

I do not think that Ted would bring up politics of guns in his speech. He loves music most of all!
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+3 #9 Michael Tabor 2016-02-22 08:00
Politics Has Nothing to do with Music either is being gay or straight drugs or coffee! He was a Great Guitar Player! He deserves Consideratio n!
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+4 #8 josef sarkis 2014-06-11 21:20
Ted nugent deserves a induction right now, immediately! fuck yea!! this guy rocks the shit out of everyone haha! No politics related in here. peace
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+5 #7 Gonzo 2014-03-17 23:11
Quoting Esol Esek:
I'm a lifelong liberal and think Ted is mostly an idiot now, but the guy totally deserves induction. His work with the AMboy Dukes resulted in one of the seminal songs in psychedelic rock, and his first record is a total straight rock n roll masterpiece, with no bad songs on it, even though he did not sing all of them. His first record defined the transition into 70s arena rock from the blues rock of the 60s. Double Live Gonzo was a STAPLE of AMERICAN LIFE for at least 3-4 years in the 1970s, and noone that grew up in that decade and listened to hard rock dissed it at the time. Stranglehold live is one of the seminal songs in live album history, and was played into the ground long in to the 1980s. Things got stupider with Cat Scratch Fever and Wango Tango, and downright ridiculous with Damn Yankees, but there was an occasional good song here and there, and the man is still a stone cold blues rock lead and rhythm player. He may not be Cream, but I'd put him past anything Clapton did solo. He should be in there, a LOT more than Hall and Oates.



Honestly, this is spot on. Thanks for being nonpartisan about this and giving credit where credit is due. I remember the days when Double Live Gonzo was THE live album. Plus turning the radio on and hearing stranglehold or free for all. Good times. Cheers man.
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+7 #6 Esol Esek 2014-03-17 08:47
I'm a lifelong liberal and think Ted is mostly an idiot now, but the guy totally deserves induction. His work with the AMboy Dukes resulted in one of the seminal songs in psychedelic rock, and his first record is a total straight rock n roll masterpiece, with no bad songs on it, even though he did not sing all of them. His first record defined the transition into 70s arena rock from the blues rock of the 60s. Double Live Gonzo was a STAPLE of AMERICAN LIFE for at least 3-4 years in the 1970s, and noone that grew up in that decade and listened to hard rock dissed it at the time. Stranglehold live is one of the seminal songs in live album history, and was played into the ground long in to the 1980s. Things got stupider with Cat Scratch Fever and Wango Tango, and downright ridiculous with Damn Yankees, but there was an occasional good song here and there, and the man is still a stone cold blues rock lead and rhythm player. He may not be Cream, but I'd put him past anything Clapton did solo. He should be in there, a LOT more than Hall and Oates.
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+1 #5 Vote Bribery 2014-02-08 15:46
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+4 #4 Greg Legakis 2013-10-22 19:35
Quoting dennis taylor:
All I see is a bunch of liberal ass wipes in this so-called hall of shame.True musicianship comes from the heart,something these rolling stone critics don't come close to having.Ted Nugent has more spine and speaks his Independent mind,The roots of rock & roll,60's and 70's rock rules, after that pure rot.You can keep your Mtv and rap crap and move to an another planet and Ted Nugent will keep his Badge of Courage.


I agree with all that, but I'm still not sure his body of work warrants induction. He certainly deserves recognition and maybe a small display or plaque. But since the HOF's judgement can't be trusted it probably won't happen.
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+17 #3 dennis taylor 2013-10-16 17:39
All I see is a bunch of liberal ass wipes in this so-called hall of shame.True musicianship comes from the heart,someth ing these rolling stone critics don't come close to having.Ted Nugent has more spine and speaks his Independent mind,The roots of rock & roll,60's and 70's rock rules, after that pure rot.You can keep your Mtv and rap crap and move to an another planet and Ted Nugent will keep his Badge of Courage.
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+3 #2 Greg Legakis 2013-01-14 07:05
Love his politics, but only like a few songs.
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-3 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
no way is right! I walked out when he opened for KISS and would not listen to his nonsense. A couple of good songs and a bunch of NRA horseshit! Never!
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